Bringing together diverse communities

820. Versha Sood (Cardiff)

Versha Sood, from Cardiff, has spent the last decade organising multi-cultural events with the goal of bringing together communities from different faiths and backgrounds.

She hosts over 25 events each year which are predominantly focussed on the Asian and Indian community so that children of different faiths and backgrounds who live in Wales can keep in touch with their roots. Over 4,000 attendees, including cross-party MPs and the High Commissioner of India, have gathered at these large-scale events, which have been hosted at Cardiff’s Castle, National Museum, and India Centre. In 2017, Versha won the Ethnic Minority Welsh Women Achievement and Community Service Award for her tireless dedication.

In a personal letter to Versha, Prime Minister Theresa May said:

“You should be very proud of the multi-cultural events you organise that are bringing together individuals and families from different faiths and backgrounds. It is a testament to your inclusive and diverse volunteering efforts that you have brought together thousands of people from all across Cardiff with the common goal of celebrating the Asian and Indian communities.”

Versha said:

“The news is unbelievable. Thank you for this, I really appreciate it. Although I do this work for my inner peace and value, however it is lovely to be appreciated.”

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